The avionics team of Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO business, has completed its first installation of a Rockwell Collins, Pro Line 21™ Advanced avionics suite for the flight deck of a Bombardier Challenger 300. The fitting of the state-of-the-art cockpit upgrade was carried out in conjunction with a scheduled heavy maintenance check at the Flying Colours Corp. KSUS, St Louis, MO. The aircraft was returned to the private customer on time and on budget.
The owner also took the opportunity to maximise the aircraft downtime by having ADS-B Out integrated to meet the mandatory requirements coming into effect in January 2020. The flexible architecture of the Pro Line 21™ Advanced system enables the addition of optional features including FANS 1/A, RNP 0.3 AR, Multi-Scan Radar, and Synthetic Vision System, at a future date, with minimal effort. With the new avionics suite in place aircraft value can be maintained, situational awareness is elevated, pilot workload is reduced and the aircraft benefits from improved operational efficiency.
“Our avionics team has completed many upgrades to existing systems, as well as, installations of completely new systems. In fact, we have upgraded avionics on more than 20 different aircraft in the last year, but this was the first time working with the Pro Line 21™ Advanced package. Working with new products like this further strengthens our experience and knowledge, as we continue to broaden our avionics capabilities,” says Director of Sales for Flying Colours, Kevin Kliethermes.
Flying Colours has already confirmed more of this type of upgrade and are in advanced discussions with several operators to complete the modification for them too. “Our avionics business has dramatically increased in the last 18 months. With the NextGen mandates and the ever-increasing variety of flight deck options, we anticipate that this sector of our business will continue to expand,” adds Kliethermes.
The Flying Colours KSUS facility is a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility and regularly handles heavy checks on a variety of Bombardier aircraft including Learjet, Challengers and Global types.